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Tackling Antisemitism in Sport

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Maccabi GB's 'Tackling Antisemitism in Sport' project launched in September 2023 in partnership with the Office of HM Government's Independent Adviser on Antisemitism. The project is actively addressing antisemitism within the realm of British sports, initially concentrating on the football pyramid. The initiative seeks to explore educational opportunities as part of governing bodies' equality and diversity training networks. The Project's goal is to involve Sports Clubs, Organisations, Leagues, and more in educating themselves about the historical context and contemporary manifestations of antisemitism. Through this, it aims to empower these entities with the knowledge and tools necessary to recognise and combat antisemitism within a sporting environment.


The Statistics

  • In the 2022/23 season, Kick It Out received a record 1,007 reports of discriminatory behaviour across the football pyramid.

  • 74 reports of Antisemitic incidents in professional football from January 2022 - June 2023.

  • In grassroots football, children as young as 7 have been targeted with Antisemitic abuse.

  • Over 50% of incidents in 2022 were targeted at Tottenham Hotspur or their fans.

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Recent Work

Arsenal FC – Antisemitism in Football Training Workshop for Steward Supervisors,
16th January 2024


We delivered our 'antisemitism in football' workshop at the Emirates Stadium for the steward supervising team at Arsenal Football Club.

The workshop was slightly different from our core workshop, with more attention being placed on antisemitic signs, banners and flags, as well as common chants and abusive language that is often heard at football stadiums.

Given Arsenal's large Jewish following, this workshop was deemed particularly necessary so that Jewish fans feel that the Emirates is an inclusive space where they can celebrate their identity without being targeted in any way.

Chelsea FC – Antisemitism in Football Training Workshop, 12th January 2024


We delivered our 'antisemitism in football' workshop for the EDI and Education teams at Chelsea Football Club, who requested the session in advance of Holocaust Memorial Day, which takes place on 27th January 2024.

The workshop was well-received by the attendees who were particularly interested in how the Holocaust impacted Jewish people in football.

"THANK YOU for your support that was a great session!" Alfie Butwell, ED&I Manager, Chelsea Football Club

Brentford FC – Antisemitism in Football Training Workshop, 19th December 2023


On Tuesday 19th December 2023, our 'Tackling Antisemitism in Sport' project manager provided a training workshop on antisemitism in football for EDI leads and other key personnel from football clubs and county FAs, hosted by Brentford Football Club.

The workshop engaged policymakers in equality, diversity and inclusion, discussed signs and symbols to look out for and how to deal with the issue of antisemitism in a football-context.

"It was such a valuable and insightful session." Kaammini Chanrai, Brentford FC, Equality and Inclusion Director.

AFC Bournemouth – Antisemitism in Football Training Workshop, 14th December 2023


On Thursday 14th December 2023, our 'Tackling Antisemitism in Sport' project manager provided training workshops on antisemitism for staff teams and the U18 academy squad at AFC Bournemouth.

The workshop discussed real-life scenarios and provided information that could be carried forward by the participants into professional playing careers.

"The sessions were really informative and offered a great chance for people to engage." Hannah Powis, AFC Bournemouth, EDI Manager.